We would like to take this opportunity to thank our founder, Huntley R. Johnson, DDS. For if it were not for his trusted and caring treatment that he provided over the years, we would not have had such a fine base of great patients from all walks of life; preschool teachers to Nobelaureate professors; Cal Band members, legal assistants to law school deans; artists and authors; stage and silver screen actors; and the many multiple generation families.We thank you all for your continued trust. It is an honor to be able to continue caring for you.
Throughout his 43 years of practice he continued to stay in the dental forefront. In the beginning, he sat while working on patients while the majority of his peers stood. He began using a highspeed handpiece and fiber optic lighting at the time of their release. He worked tirelessly for water fluoridation. In the very early 1970's he led the way by designing his office such that it became the first wheelchair accessible dental office in Berkeley. Again in the early 70's, he helped create an atmosphere for learning amongst his peers by organizing weekly lunch meetings at local restaurants so that dentists could discuss new treatment procedures and case planning. One of the first such locations was a new establishment owned by a recent Cal graduate by the name of Alice Waters, called Chez Panisse. The lunch group was known as the Tuesday Lunch Bunch and it continues to meet almost 40 years later. He stopped using silver/mercury fillings, in favor of bonded tooth colored fillings in the very early 1980's. He was part of the first team of dentists to introduce dental implants to Berkeley in the late 1980's. He continued to stay at the leading edge up to his retirement in 1996.
Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for organic and integrated pest management gardening by becoming a Certified Master Gardner. The fruits of his labor come in the form of juicy tomatoes in all shapes and sizes from plants that he starts from seed.
Sadly, my father passed away at his home in Walnut Creek on Friday October 13, 2017. He was 92.